Archive for April 2023

Colour can affect your mood

Every colour has the potential to change how we feel in an instant because it delivers an emotional experience. 

“Colour is the simplest tool we have at our disposal to enhance positive emotions and increase well-being.”

The ancient Egyptians loved gold, red, turquoise and blue and associated these shades with royalty.

The Romans and, later the Byzantine empire, privileged Tyrian purple.

  “Colours that are low in saturation are more emotionally soothing and lead to a calmer or less intense emotional state.  The more saturated or intense a colour, the more stimulating it can be for your emotions.”

Find your tone 

Confidence boost 

Wear darker blues to appear authoritative and knowledgeable, yet still approachable, trustworthy and reliable. 


Darker greens reflect balance and harmony, providing a sense of reassurance and peace.

Quick thinking 

Turquoise is a stimulating colour that wakes up your mind.

Add cheer 

Yellow is like a cheery hello. On the greyest of days, it’s like taking the sunshine with you.

Playful spirit 

A joyful hue, orange is great for lightening the mood.

Power play 

There’s nothing shy or retiring about red. It commands attention and will always get you noticed.

Weighty white

Researchers from Oxford University found people eat less from a red plate (red is, after all, a colour our primal nature may connect with danger). Conversely, eating from a big white plate might wake up your appetite – in some studies, food was perceived as more flavoursome (often sweeter) when served on a white dish.

Sleepy hues

“The best palettes for a good night’s sleep are those that are soothing, which means colours that are low saturation.”

“Think light pink, which is physically soothing, or light blue, which is mentally soothing. Soft peaches and apricots, pale greens and soft purples are also good.” Avoid highly stimulating hues, such as bright red.

Blonde ambition 

Studies (mostly led by hair-colour brands) have consistently found that women who dye their hair blonde feel more confident and sexy. Scientists have theorised that lighter hair may often be associated with youth and good health.

Texture can influence mood too. Sometimes we want the hard sparkle of metals, jewels and reflective surfaces for confidence; other times, soft fabrics such as silk, plush cotton and velvet can offer comfort.

Lower blood pressure

1. Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can increase blood pressure. Losing weight can help lower blood pressure.

2. Get regular exercise: Regular physical activity can help lower blood pressure. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.

3. Eat a healthy diet: A diet that’s low in salt, saturated fat, and cholesterol can help lower blood pressure. Consider eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

4. Limit alcohol: Drinking alcohol can increase blood pressure. Limit your alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day for women, and two drinks per day for men.

5. Quit smoking: Tobacco use can increase blood pressure. Quitting smoking can help lower blood pressure and improve overall health.

6. Manage stress: Chronic stress can contribute to high blood pressure. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as exercise, deep breathing, or meditation.

7. Take medication: If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to lower blood pressure, your healthcare provider may recommend medication to help lower it.

Remember that high blood pressure can be a serious health condition. If you’re concerned about your blood pressure, speak with your healthcare provider. They can offer guidance on how to lower your blood pressure and manage your overall health.

To Lower Cholesterol

1. Eat a healthy diet: Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can help lower cholesterol levels. Avoid foods high in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol.

2. Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can help increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels and lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.

3. Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can increase cholesterol levels. Losing weight can help improve cholesterol levels as well as overall health.

4. Quit smoking: Smoking can lower HDL cholesterol levels and increase inflammation, which can contribute to higher cholesterol levels.

5. Limit alcohol intake: Drinking alcohol can increase HDL cholesterol levels, but it can also contribute to higher triglyceride levels, which can raise total cholesterol levels.

6. Take medication: If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to lower your cholesterol, your healthcare provider may prescribe medication to help manage cholesterol levels.

Remember that high cholesterol can be a serious health condition. It’s important to work with your healthcare provider to manage your cholesterol levels and overall health.